Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
 November 2014 Events Newsletter 

Veterans Appreciation Brunch

Friday, November 7 at 9:00am. Sponsored by Debbie Suggs Catering for local military veterans in appreciation of their service to our nation. Enjoy a hearty brunch followed by a short, lighthearted presentation given by Colonel Grey Madinger, USMC (Retired). Colonel Madinger has some interesting stories from his detail with the Presidential Marine One Helicopter Squadron. Grey had the privilege of flying two Presidents and some famous news reporters during his time with Marine One.   There is no charge for the brunch to those veterans who make reservations by calling the Front Desk at 704-216-7714 by Tuesday, November 4.      

Holiday Bazaar

Friday, November 14 from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Come shop for your Christmas gift items, home-made baked goods, and specialty crafts at our holiday bazaar. Free admission. Snacks and a hot dog lunch will be available. Members wishing to have exhibit space should inquire at the Front Desk or call 704-216-7714 for more information.

Bus Trip - Cookies, Candy & Wine

Wednesday, November 19. Motor coach leaves Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 9:00am for Mrs. Hanes' Moravian Cookie Factory in Clemmons where we will observe a short baking, rolling, and packing demonstration for Mrs. Hanes' famous hand-made cookies. Next stop will be at K & W Cafeteria for a Dutch treat lunch. On the way back we will stop at the beautiful Weathervane Winery for a tour and wine tasting party. After that we'll step back in time into an old fashioned candy store at the Lexington Candy Factory. We will arrive back at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center around 6:00pm.


Cost is $35 per person which includes motor coach transportation, cookie factory and winery tour. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be a member of the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check.


Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, November 5 at 3 p.m. A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00 p.m. for those who arrive early. Bus trips are sponsored by MedExpress Pharmacy of Salisbury. 

Pre-Retirement Seminar - "Legal Issues":

Monday, November 10 at 7:00pm. The fourth in our series of fall seminars for those considering retirement in the near future. "Legal Issues for Retirees" will be presented by Shazia Keller with NC Legal Aid. The Pre-Retirement Seminar Series is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce for any interested adult. There is no charge to attend, but registration is requested by calling 704-216-7714. 

Memory Screening

Tuesday morning, November 18 by appointment. Held in association with the Alzheimer's Foundation National Memory Screening Day. Come out and receive a free confidential memory screening which can help determine any need for a follow-up examination by a physician. Allay your fears, or confirm your need for professional intervention. Screenings conducted by local RNs. Free and open to any interested older adult. Call 704-216-7714 for an appointment time.

New Classes 

Guitar Classes - Three new classes begin Monday, November 3. Absolute Beginner Guitar will meet at 1:30pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:45pm, and Intermediate Guitar at 4:00pm. Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. The cost for either eight-week course is $35 payable to the instructor on the first day of class. New members should bring a $5 material fee. For questions call Bob at 704-636-9395. To register call 704-216-7714.


Handmade Holiday Cards -Tuesday, November 4 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade holiday cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.

Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.

Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm with Frank Saunders. Receive individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per session payable to the instructor.   Pre-registration is not required.


Wreath Making ClassesFall or Thanksgiving Wreath - Tuesday, November 4 from 6:00-8:30pm. Winter or Christmas Wreath - Tuesday, December 2 from 6:00-8:30pm. Learn to make a deco-mesh wreath with Instructor Harry Hinson. Harry has been involved in floral design, event planning and wedding planning for over twenty years. You will take home your own wreath for your wall or door. All supplies will be provided to create either a basic or deluxe wreath. Please register by Thursday, October 30 for the November class, or by Tuesday, November 25 for the December class, by calling 704-216-7714. Basic wreath kit will cost $45. Deluxe wreath kit will cost $30 Payment is due to the instructor at the beginning of class.

New Computer Classes

Register at the Front Desk. Payment for computer classes is requested prior to the first day of class. Participants must be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. A minimum of four people is necessary to hold a computer class.


Tablet Classes: iPad on Thursday, November 6 from 5:00-8:00pm or Android-style (Samsung, Acer, Toshiba, etc.) on Tuesday, November 18. If you have a tablet, then this is for you. Come learn how to use your tablet. (Bring your tablet.) You will need to know your passwords for getting logged on to your tablet, as well as the account information for the app store applicable for your device. The fee is $10 for either class.


Buying and Selling Online: Wednesday-Thursday, November 12-13 from 1-4pm     

We will explore various sites for both buying and selling, as well as set up accounts which will allow you to do business on the Internet. You will need to know checking/credit card information in order to establish accounts. The fee for this class is $20.


Holiday Newsletter: Thursday-Friday, November 20-21 from 2:00-4:00pm. Come put together a holiday newsletter using Microsoft Word to send out to all your family and friends. Fill in everyone on what you have done in 2014 and what you are looking forward to in 2015. (You should be comfortable using a computer for this class.)The fee is $10.

Movie of the Month

Wednesday, November 19 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come out and enjoy "Parkland," the story of the hospital-based aftermath of the Kennedy assassination, with Zac Efron & Billy Bob Thornton, rated PG-13, on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion picture license # 12137390).

Women's Health & Fitness Club Meeting

Wednesday, November 5 at 2:00pm. Angela Hendrix, Fitness Trainer, will be sharing information, demonstrations and guiding you through some gentler moves found in PiYo. PiYo is a fun, challenging class fusing Pilates and Yoga. You will learn how to burn calories, tone muscles, work on balance and get a great stretch. Come and learn some exciting new exercise moves to work your core. Open to all women 55 and older. The program is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and Novant Health, and is open to interested women age fifty-five or older.

Men's Health & Fitness Club Meeting

Wednesday, November 12 at 2:00 pm at Harris Teeter. Come and join Valerie Velte, RN Corporate & Community Wellness Nurse for Novant Health, as she leads you through healthy choices to be found in the grocery store. Look for Valarie in the produce area just inside the Harris Teeter store on Jake Alexander Blvd.   The Men's Health and Fitness Club is open to all men 55 and older. This program is co-sponsored by Novant Health and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.

Outdoor Adventure Club - Trip to Morrow Mountain

Friday, November 21. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:30am and car pool to Morrow Mountain. There will two hikes offered, one moderate and one advanced. This is not a trip for beginners. The moderate level hike with Janet Rash will be a total of approximately two miles on Laurel Trail. Laurel Trail has some hills and drops. The hiking pace will be moderate speed. The advanced hike with Elbert Klutz will be Laurel to Sugarloaf Trail. It will be approximately four miles with some very steep portions. The pace will be quick. Walking sticks are recommended for both hikes, and participants will need to have good balance as well as the ability to keep up with the trail guide. Afterwards, the group will meet together for a picnic lunch. There will be an option to view the park's museum before or after lunch. Each hiker should bring water, a bag lunch, and $3 to pay the car pool driver. Directions to Morrow Mountain are available at the Center if needed.   Dress appropriately for the weather.     Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to sign a waiver form and information survey. To register for this activity call the Front Desk at 704-216-7714. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed.

Walk-Abouts Trip

Wednesday, November 12 at 8:00am. We meet at the Senior Center and walk to BoJangles on East Innes Street for breakfast. After breakfast we'll continue down Arlington Street to Old Concord Road, on to MLK, Jr. Avenue and back to the Center. The total round trip distance is 2.5 miles. Participants who wish to walk should sign up at the Front Desk or call 704-216-7714. In case of inclement weather, the walk will take place at the West End Plaza (the former Salisbury Mall.)

On-Going Exercise Program Opportunitiese Class Openings

One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A variety of offerings are available at different levels, and include Zumba, Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic, Strength-ercise, Cardio Strength Training, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Wednesday, November 5 from 9:30-10:30am.  Free  blood  pressure    readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball.  

A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Chair Massage

Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Friday afternoons by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT.  Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.

Club Meetings This Monthtober Club tings

TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am

Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am except Nov 11

Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am except Nov 11

Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

Overeaters Anonymous - Each Thursday at 6:30pm (except Nov 27)

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am (except Nov 27)

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm (except Nov 27)

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm (except Nov 28)

Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, November 3 at 8:30am

Ambassadors Club - Monday, November 3 at noon

Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, November 6 at 10:00am

AARP Chapter - Thursday, November 6 at 1:00pm

Busy Bees Crafts Club - Friday, November 7 at 9:30am

Military Officers Association of America Chapter - Monday, November 10 at noon

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, November 10 at 2:00pm

Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, November 13 at 9:00am

Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, November 13 at 6:30pm

Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, November 17 at 10:00am

Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, November 18 at noon

Salisbury-Rowan Retired School Personnel Assoc - Wednesday, Nov 19 at 10:30am

Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild Meeting - Thursday, November 20 at 1:00pm

Carolina Artists - Thursday, November 20 at 7:00pm

Ole Rowan Fiber Guild - Monday, November 24 at 6:30pm

Lunch Clubs

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.

"Are You Okay?" Service

Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.

Monthly Grief Support Group

Wednesday, November 5  at 9:00am. Grief support group sessions provide opportunities for people who have experienced the death of a loved one to meet others who are experiencing similar losses. Members come together to normalize and validate their experiences of grief, to find strength and coping skills, and to eventually regain a sense of hope. The grief group is facilitated by Susanna Lund, MS, LPC, ATR-BC, and is sponsored by Rowan Hospice & Palliative CARE.   Pre-registration is not required.

Assistance with Hearing Needs

For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.

Legal Assistance

Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc).  The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging.  For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.

Veterans' Services

The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officers Elaine Howle and Rick Johnson are available to meet with Rowan County veterans to assist them in applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they are legally entitled. For an appointment, call 704-216-8138 (Elaine Howle) or 704-216-8139 (Rick Johnson).

Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance

Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will be available on the third Wednesday of each month  from 9:00am-12:00 noon to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.  

Gold Cards

Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall school events.

Insurance Information Program Assistance

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.

General Information & Assistance

Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults.  If you have a need, call the Senior Help Line at 704-216-7700. 

This 'n That

Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50. 

SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on Friday, November 21 from 8:30am-11:30am.

Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments as provided by Liberty Commons.

BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to "Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information. Free.

"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio.


Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day. Be informed and go vote! A sample ballot is on display at the Center.




Enjoy the HOLIDAY CARAVAN PARADE on Wednesday, November 26, starting in Spencer at 2:00pm, and Salisbury at 3:00pm. The Center will close at 1:30pm this day.




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